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Another Unforgettable Holiday: Four heart Warming Holiday Romances by Joanne Dannon

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"A Magical Christmas in Jerusalem

When falling in love isn’t as easy as falling in love.

Australian project manager Kiara Lonsdale is career focussed and determined to provide and care for the grandmother who raised her. Taking time off work to vacation has never been high on her agenda, but this year she’s made an exception. She’s helping her gran fulfil a life-long dream by accompanying her on a Christmas to the Holy Land tour.

Jacques Lenoir and his extended family run tours in Israel and he’s committed to their business. Jacques feels responsible for his grandparents’ welfare since they risked their lives, and others’, as operatives in the French Resistance, during the War.

But over romantic dinners in the desert, camel rides, and mud baths at the Dead Sea, sparks fly between Kiara and Jacques. Will this only be a holiday romance or will a touch of Christmas magic make it last a lifetime?

Another Magical Christmas in Jerusalem

He never wanted a family. She…

Under His Skin by S.I. Hayes (Author), J. Haney

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"At twenty-six Dorian Gallagher has it all. Money, power, he’s used to fast cars and faster women. He gets what he wants when he wants it. Being put in charge of the build for the Gallagher family’s newest theme park has dropped him in Tennessee. Bored out of his mind he decides to go get some new ink and finds himself face to face with a beautiful woman who doesn’t know his famous last name. Can he charm this dark beauty, or will she just stick him and run?
Charlotte (Charlie) Herrick is a free spirit. She drives a big truck, rides a motorcycle and carries a gun. All while dancing around in the layers of tulle that make up her usual cheek baring tutus. Her life was hers. Until she meets Dorian Gallagher, now she doesn’t know which way is up and life has become something more than just the shop, fishin’ and moonshine. He says he’s just here for the year, so she convinces herself it’s just a fling. Can she stay true to her convictions or will this Amusement …

Forgive Us This Day by Barbara Joe Williams

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"Alese and Michael Wayne have been married for fifteen years. They have forgiven each other many times before, but will they both be forgiven for this day?"

Title:  Forgive Us This Day
Author:  Barbara Joe Williams
Publisher:  Amani Publishing, LLC
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Forgive Us This Day" by Barbara Joe Williams

My Thoughts....

What will happen when Michael Wayne does something that is almost unthinkable to his wife Alese whom he had been married to for years?  This was definitely not the fact that he didn't love Alese but just a real bad judgment that did cause quite a stir in his marriage.  Not only this matter was going on but it looks like there will be some trouble in adopting their foster daughter [Bianca] and Alese's mom Ma Dear being ill. 

With this story being of just a christian faith marriage will the power of prayer and forgiveness be enough to keep these two together?  The author does a wonderfu…

Flawless 4 by Jade Jones

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"Romeo, Shayla, Kim, and Desmond are back for a riveting fourth installment of the "Flawless" series! Friendships are tested and irreparably broken, and betrayal is at an all-time high. Can these four friends overcome the obstacles, and put aside their egos to mend their relationships? Or will outside forces destroy everything they worked so hard to build?

Romeo is trying his best to remain on a straight and narrow, but when you've got people gunning for you from every angle, it gets hard--especially when one of those people are a former best friend. He's dealt with jealousy before but never of this magnitude. Is he able to remain on top, or will the very person who helped him build his business be the one to destroy it?

Two years ago, Desmond walked away from the business for Kimberlyn, but one slip up causes her to leave him and sends him spiraling into a state of loneliness and depression. Lately, he's been feeling like less of a ma…

Since I Had You by Roy Glenn

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"In this tale of forbidden love, Long time co-workers, Brooke Patterson and Chris Gable have developed a special friendship, one that brought them closer together, one that made them fall in love. It was an ardently passionate and intensely physical love, built on their enduring friendship of mutual respect and admiration shared over the years. But there’s one problem:
They’re both married … and not to each other.
They’re eventually driven apart leaving each devastated and heartbroken but as chance would have it, they run into each other again. And those feelings are felt again, the ones that said, how much I've missed loving you since I had you."

Title:  Since I Had You Author:  Roy Glenn Publisher:  Escapism Entertainment  Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Since I Had You" by Roy Glen
My Thoughts....

I didn't know what to expect when I first started reading this novel but as I continued on through the read, I really fou…

The Thursday Night Club and Other Stories of Christmas Spirit by Steven Manchester

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"A joyous and deeply emotional collection of three unforgettable Christmas novellas.

With a series of #1 bestsellers like Twelve Months, The Rockin’ Chair and Pressed Pennies, Steven Manchester has established himself as one of the premier voices of moving and heartfelt fiction. Now, he collects his three unforgettable Christmas novellas in one volume.

The Thursday Night Club: Five college friends, three men and two women, have been getting together every Thursday night to share humble meals and an abundance of laughter. But when tragedy takes one of them, leaving the others to question the fairness of life, the Thursday Night Club decides to embark on a contest in the memory of the generous spirit of their fallen brother. The objective of the contest is simple: whoever performs the kindest deed by Christmas night wins the pot – four quarters. And there are only two conditions: the benevolent deed must be anonymous, and it cannot cost a single penny to pull …

Merry and Bright A Novel by Debbie Macomber

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"Christmas is the season of the heart, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber is here to warm yours with a delightful holiday novel of first impressions and second chances.

Merry Smith is pretty busy these days. She’s taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays, and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry’s well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her—minus her photo—and the matches start rolling in. Initially, Merry is incredulous, but she reluctantly decides to give it a whirl.

Soon Merry finds herself chatting with a charming stranger, a man with similar interests and an unmistakably kind soul. Their online exchanges become the brightest part of her day. But meeting face-to-face is altogether different, and her speci…

12 Days at Bleakly Manor Book 1 in Once Upon a Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep

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"A mysterious invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home may bring danger...and love?

England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet feels compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of one thousand pounds.

But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancé, Benjamin Lane.

Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar. Brought together under mysterious circumstances, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters.

What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.

Pour a cup of tea and settle in for Book 1 of the Once Upon a D…

Roomies by Christina Lauren

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"From subway to Broadway to happily ever after. Modern love in all its thrill, hilarity, and uncertainty has never been so compulsively readable as in New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren’s (Beautiful Bastard, Dating You / Hating You) new romance.

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a bigtime musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In th…

Jillian by Julia A. Royston

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"Some women wait a long time to get married. They do all of the right things. They go to school, build a thriving career, own a home, drive a luxury car and dedicate years of service to their church or community. But, where is the love? Jillian Forrester was no different. She was asking herself that same question. Where is her love? When would it be her turn? Since she waited so long, when the right man comes along, everybody should be happy right? Maybe not. Come experience the lessons, longing and love of Jillian Forrester."


Title: Jullian
Author: Julia A. Royston
Publisher: Royston Publishing
Series: Women of the Fellowship Book 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Jillian" by Julia A. Royston

My Thoughts.....

I felt this was a beautifully written romance that will give you food for thought long after the read. I really enjoyed how this author was able to give the reader such a good read that answered the questions for Jullian Forrester …

A Summer Affair: A Short Story by Janae Keyes

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"It was only supposed to be for a moment.
Just a simple escape.
Falling in love was never part of the plan.
Ashlee Rhodes was stuck. With a demanding publisher, a clingy four year old, and a husband more interested in hanging with his buddies. Something was missing for the romance writer, she needed to find her muse. The summer of her family’s big move, she finds her story in Kyle Hamilton, a New York Times Bestselling author she comes across in a coffeeshop."

Originally published in the Chasing Fireflies Summer Anthology

Title:  A Summer Affair Author:  Janae Keyes Publisher: J.K.      Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"A Summer Affair" by Janae Keyes
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This was a sweet but sad story.  At least in the end Ashlee who had been so very unhappy in her marriage, after an affair, losing that love but was able to find the love she had once had. The author did a wonderful job at displaying to the reader all of the emotions …

The Good Girl (The Kya Chronicles Book 3) by Deep

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"“You want to tell her?” Horace asked.
“She’s your friend,” L.T. responded.
“We met last night,” I corrected him.
After they exchanged another look, L.T. turned to me and leaned forward. “Hmm … how do I say this … me and Horace, we hmm …”
“We like having sex with women at the same time,” Horace said like it was no biggie. And it was no biggie to me. In fact, the prospect that I could be the meat in this particular sandwich had me salivating.

Kya Garner has been through a lot ... of sexual conquests. Most have been deliciously satisfying so she has no reason to slow down yet. She's young, a recent college graduate, ambitious, and ready to become a contributor of society by getting a real job. So now is the time to really let go, if there can be such a thing with this naughty girl. But a complicated and forbidden emotion threatens to captivate her, transforming her into what no one would expect: a good girl."

Author: The Good Girl  Publisher: Deep N W…

Dare: The 9th installment in Chloe Daniels (Chloe Daniels Mysteries) by Deidra D. S. Green

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"Murder is not always intentional, but it’s still considered murder. Shane Budrow was out for a good time, doing something he loved, racing his 2017 candy apple red mustang. The countdown was on. The ticker showed red, then yellow, and everything paused. For Shane all background noise ceased; the crowd faded into midnight blackness and his opponent wilted into nothingness. But one moment of braggadocios behavior would change the fate of Shane Budrow and his arch rival, James Summers, forever. The question on everyone’s lips was whether the death of one of the young racers truly an accident, or was there something more?"

Title:  Dare
Author:  Deidra D. S. Green
Publisher:  Rathsi Publishing Presents
Series:  The 9th installment in Chloe Daniels (Chloe Daniels Mysteries)
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean 
Rating: Five
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"Dare" by Deidra D. S. Green

My Thoughts.....

As this 9th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries we get some more new chara…

Snatched: The 8th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mystery Series (The Chloe Daniels Mysteries) by Deidra D. S. Green

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"We’ve all seen them. The faded ribbons tied around the old oak tree. Pieces of paper stapled to a weather worn light pole, flapping in the wind, trying to get your attention. We’ve all seen a picture on the back of a milk carton, listing demographics and sometimes a reward to suggest, whoever is paying attention, someone is missing. I’m looking for this person. If you see them, would you call this number?
We’ve all seen them. Chloe Daniels and Detective Michael Phillips saw them, too. And now the epidemic of kids being snatched off the streets of Atlanta has gained national attention. The missing… A striking reminder of skeletons in Chloe’s own closet. Will the missing children of Atlanta be found? Find out in the 8th installment of the Chloe Daniels Mystery Series."

Title:  Snatched Author:  Deidra D. S. Green Publisher: Rathsi Publishing Presents Series:   The 8th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mystery Series (The Chloe Daniels Mysteries)   Review…

Blaze: The 7th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mystery Series (The Chloe Daniels Mysteries) by Deidra D. S. Green

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"Fire… It was the common denominator…
Jeremiah was a pyromaniac, fascinated by fire. Jeremiah’s father? Died by the hands of the heated flame. Jeremiah’s mother? Suspected of igniting the blaze that killed his father. Trent Morrison III and Holly Jefferson had a son. That son was Jeremiah…
Their son was not formed in love. His existence was a constant reminder of betrayal, revenge, and deceit. Brutality birthed Jeremiah into the world; a world he desired to set ablaze.
Fans of the Twisted Sister Series will have their passions reawakened when reading, BLAZE, the 7th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries."

Title:  Blaze Author:  Deidra D. S. Green Publisher:  Rathsi Publishing Presents Series:  The 7th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mystery Series (The Chloe Daniels Mysteries)  Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean      Rating:  Five Review:
"Blaze" by Deidra D. S. Green
My Thoughts.....

Another good mystery, thriller and suspenseful series.  A…

Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper

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"Beloved author Molly Harper launches a brand-new contemporary romance series, Southern Eclectic, with this story of a big-city party planner who finds true love in a small Georgia town.

Nestled on the shore of Lake Sackett, Georgia is the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. (What, you have a problem with one-stop shopping?) Two McCready brothers started two separate businesses in the same building back in 1928, and now it’s become one big family affair. And true to form in small Southern towns, family business becomes everybody’s business.

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot’s rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society, and made elegance and glamour her business. She’s riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she’s blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start—and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a t…

Fever (Falling For A Rose Book 4) by Stephanie Nicole Norris

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"Embarking on a new journey, Santana Summers wants nothing more than to enjoy her new city, new friends, and new career. But when one of those friends is one of Chicago’s most eligible bachelors, Santana finds herself getting more than she ever bargained for.

Being the youngest of seven brothers, Josiah Alexander Rose is the quintessential playboy. He is not interested in settling down until his father gives him a proposition he cannot refuse. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but to execute it, dear old dad wants Josiah to settle down, show some responsibility and gain a wife. Josiah thinks the idea is absurd until he and Santana come up with a plan that just may land Josiah that coveted position.

It is the perfect solution, and things go well until what was intended to be an arrangement turns into many nights of unabashed passion. With each growing day, emotions mix and the lines of the pretentious and reality are blurred. Will Santana be foolish enough …

White Male by Kim J. West

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"There’ll be lovemaking and heartbreaking… 



I left Los Angeles, hoping for a new start in Atlanta, Georgia. When I began a new job my new boss, Jonathan Carter the billionaire heir to the Strauss Carter fortune, was determined to make my life hell. When I found out how he really felt, I knew I was too damaged to let him into my life; I had trusted before and the pain of the past seeped into my future. I was determined to run yet Jonathan was determined to pursue me; but I knew that we faced insurmountable challenges that would eventually rip us apart.~Lena.

Sensual, intense, heartbreaking, romantic. Lena and Jonathan’s story will take you through an addictive journey of discovering the pain and pleasure of interracial love. "

Title:  White Male Author:  Kim J. West Publisher:  Kim J. West Publications Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"White Male" by Kim J. West
My Thoughts....

If you are looking for a hot and steamy romantic rea…

Dangerous Bonds by Shani Greene-Dowdell

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"Kemara wants nothing more than a quiet, simple life. In her experience, relationships are anything but simple. However, when she meets the Channing, her convenience store hero, she can’t help but long for a life that’s a bit more…complicated.

From the moment Channing lays eyes on Kemara, he knows he has to have her no matter what it takes. Given his affiliations with a white supremacy group, getting with a black woman is going to take quite a lot. But what could he say? She’s the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen and the heart has no biases.

Channing’s stone cold heart is melting.
Kemara’s warm embrace may be his undoing."


TitleDangerous Bonds Author:  Shani Greene-Dowdell Publisher:  Nayberry Publications  Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Dangerous Bonds" by Shani Greene-Dowdell
My Thoughts.....
This was quite a interesting read that this author presents as we are presented with Channing and Kemara that dealt with 'rac…

A Christmas Affair by Jodi Thomas

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"A shy soul and an adventurous heart. As the holidays approach, can they find happiness together?

Maria Anne Davis was on her way to an exciting career as a chef in Dallas, until a terrible car accident left her blind. Ever resilient, Maria has reinvented her life on her own terms, starting a business out of her home kitchen, selling her jams and jellies to the local grocery.

Maria loves romance novels, and despite her bold spirit, she fears she’ll never have a big love affair like ones her heroines experience. That is, until she realizes how much she cares about the quiet Wes Whitman, the owner of the grocery.

Wes can’t keep Maria’s wildly popular jam on his shelves—just like he can’t keep the fierce, beautiful Maria out of his thoughts. But how could a firecracker like Maria come to love a shy, nervous man like him? Maybe all they need is a grand affair. Wes needs to convince Maria that some affairs last forever, though—just in time for Christmas.:

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Catching The Player by Diane Alberts

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"It all started with a bet…

Kassidy Thomas decided to stop hiding behind her past, and start living, but she didn’t quite bet on that start including her singing a horrible song in front of the handsomest bachelor in the NFL, Wyatt Hamilton. She also doesn’t think he’d then consequently ask her out on a date, but turns out when you’re actually living life…crazy things happen.

He needs to win…

Wyatt Hamilton is a player in every sense of the word. Married to the game, he has no interest in relationships, love, or even second nights with the same woman. But from the second the girl-next-door beauty Kassidy knocks on his door to deliver a singing telegram, nothing goes as planned. He can’t stop thinking about her, and keeps showing up on her doorstep for more. That is, until the unthinkable happens…"

Title  Catching The Player Author:  Diane Alberts Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC Series:  Hamilton Family #3 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review:

When a Stranger Comes... by Karen S. Bell

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"Satisfying one's greed can come at a devilishly high cost.

Achieving what you crave can also bring the terrifying fear of losing it. For Alexa Wainwright, this truth has become her nightmare. Born Gladys Lipschitz, the daughter of an unwed Soviet-era Jewish immigrant, she was beyond thrilled and amazed when her debut novel, A Foregone Conclusion, soared to number one on the bestseller's list and became an international sensation. The accompanying fame and riches were beyond her expectations. Unfortunately, her subsequent work has yet to achieve the same reception by critics and readers. Yes, they have sold well based on her name recognition, but she dreads the possibility of becoming a mid-list author forgotten and ignored. She vows to do whatever it takes to attain the heady ego-stroking success of her debut. But is she really?

Witnessing an out-of-the-blue lightning bolt whose giant tendrils spread over the blue sky and city streets below her loft wi…

Hope at Christmas A Novel by Nancy Naigle

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"Nancy Naigle delivers a heartwarming Christmas story that proves you can always go home again.
Sydney Ragsdale is looking for a fresh start far away from her controlling ex-husband and the self-doubt that has plagued her since the divorce. Returning to her childhood home in Hopewell, North Carolina is just what her soul needs. Praying some Christmas magic will follow her she moves with her daughter to a farmhouse that once belonged to her grandparents. While there Sydney finds solace working at The Book Bea, her favorite bookstore.
Single dad Kevin MacAlea, Mac to his friends, is the local high school history teacher and baseball coach. He is also the towns best kept secret—he has been playing Santa since his son was born twelve years ago. Mac loves the enchantment of the season and wants his son to share in his joy.
When a catastrophe forces The Book Bea to close before the end of the year, everyone in the small town is feeling the loss. While Sydney is a…

Tempted & Taken Men of Haven Series, #4 by Rhenna Morgan

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DescriptionLive hard, f*ck harder and make their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six Men of Haven bleed by: taking what they want, always watching each other's backs and loving the women they claim with unyielding tenderness and fierce passion.

There's no code Knox Torren can't break. He knows no limits when it comes to uncovering intel, especially on anyone who crosses his family. But a skip tracer with a sketchy history presents a puzzle he can't solve. When he finally meets the statuesque blonde with the intoxicating Russian accent, he'll try anything to unearth her secrets.
Darya Volkova has been living under an assumed identity for years. Searching for a job that will take her out of the dangerous life she's built, she has her sights set on Knox: the best hacker in the business. From their first meeting, though, something far more intimate than a professional connection develops.
Darya must overcome sti…

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

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"Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe from New York Times bestselling author, Melissa de la Cruz, is a sweet, sexy and hilarious gender-swapping, genre-satisfying re-telling, set in contemporary America and featuring one snooty Miss Darcy.
Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones—one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). Darcy’s never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her family.
Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32-years-old and has never left home. He’s a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a fam…